Davenport, Mauresmo Remain Tied for First Place; Top 3 Determined This Week at Pilot Pen
Lleyton Hewitt defeated Giles Muller 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. today to take third place and remain in contention for the top spot in the US Open Series Bonus Challenge headed into the final week.
Hewitt overtook Roger Federer for third place in the men’s standings, trailing Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi, respectively. Roddick, Agassi and Hewitt are guaranteed to finish in the top three in the final standings. Their order of finish will be determined at the TD Waterhouse Cup this week in Long Island.
Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmo remain tied atop the women’s standings. They are guaranteed to finish in the top two positions in US Open Series Bonus Challenge. Five players – Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova, Magdalena Maleeva, Elena Dementieva and Elena Likhovtseva – are in contention to finish third. The final women’s event is this week’s Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven.
The US Open Series is the six-week summer tennis season including 10 ATP and WTA Tour professional tournaments in North America leading up to and linked to the US Open, including the potential for the top three men’s and women’s finishers to earn up to $1.3 million in US Open bonus prize money. The top men’s and women’s finishers in the series will receive 50 percent more of whatever they win in singles at the US Open; the second-place finisher receives 25 percent more; and the third-place finisher receives 10 percent more.
Next on the US Open Series: The US Open Series concludes this week with the ATP’s TD Waterhouse Cup in Long Island and the WTA Tour’s Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Conn. Fox Sports Net will broadcast the semifinals of the TD Waterhouse Cup on Saturday, August 28 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and the final on Sunday, August 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast 13 ½ hours of Pilot Pen Tennis coverage, including the semifinals on Friday, August 27 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. CBS will broadcast the Pilot Pen final live on Saturday, August 28 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. The US Open begins Monday, August 30 with more than 140 hours of coverage on USA Network and CBS Sports.